The hiatus in growth, while demoralizing to some, at least offered the campus a chance to “catch its breath.” It was a time for engagement with major academic, social, and cultural changes—some noisy, many quieter—that would orient the campus in future decades. 

Eduardo Carrillo class mural, Applied Sciences Building: Carrillo with students

Eduardo Carrillo class mural, Applied Sciences Building

Reimagining Existing Spaces

The building freeze also forced faculty, staff, and students to work creatively within existing spaces: arts studios emerged in Applied Sciences, the Eloise Smith Gallery was carved out of Cowell College, and Professor Eduardo Carrillo and his students enlivened the gray walls of Applied Sciences and the Classroom Building with large murals.

Responding to student, faculty, and staff demand, coffee shops sprang up in former residential college lounges. Deprived of a new set of buildings, College Eight settled into a floor of the Social Sciences Building (named Kerr Hall in 1978) and created a supportive environment for transfer and older students. 

Although sparked in reaction to change and challenging financial realities, many of these transformations have become integral to the university’s legacy.

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